It's brand new, it's first class and finally, it's ready to move in.
News on 6 reporter Emory Bryan says it is going to take a while for the staff of the Morton Health Clinic to become accustomed to having new equipment and plenty of room, but they'll have a couple of weeks to settle in.
While the building isn't ready for patients yet, it is ready for the staff. Morton Board president Lillian Watts-Ray: "I am so proud to accept these keys to our new facility." Tulsa County Commissioner Wilbert Collins handed over the keys, because the building is a Vision 2025 project. It was done on time, on budget. Lillian Watts-Ray: "And itâ€™s very exciting to be in our new facility, it's been a long time coming."
That's an understatement - considering where Morton is now. The Morton physicians schedule 50,000 appointments a year and the demand for their service is growing - despite cramped surroundings in an antique building. It's old enough that Commissioner Collins was born there, so he had a special interest in it. "This was a joy to watch go up and see it completed."
With the new space, the clinic staff hopes to add mammography and podiatry to their services and expand the dental clinic. They'll start with all new equipment and a fully staffed and stocked pharmacy on site.
Morton Medical director Michael Opong-Kusi MD: "where most of our medications are 20 to 30 percent of what you would pay at a retail pharmacy."
Morton's new clinic - just like the old one - will serve patients whether or not they have insurance or the money to pay. Eventually it might be a 24-hour clinic and the staff expects to see twice as many patients now that they have more room.
While the staff moves in - the old clinic will remain open. They will have a grand opening in the new building October 10th.